Night-long jam to benefit area homeless

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Night-long jam to benefit area homeless

Photo provided by Paul Quinn.

Photo provided by Paul Quinn.

Photo provided by Paul Quinn.

Photo provided by Paul Quinn.

A night full of music from five participating bands will benefit Homeless Hands this Saturday in the fourth annual Ol’ Dirty Strangers Christmas Charity Jam.

From 4 p.m. until 1 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, musicians will take the stage at Zanesville’s Knights of Columbus to generate funds the local non-profit group driven to help the area homeless.

Produced by Buck Daddy Promotions and performing throughout the night are Ol’ Dirty Strangers, Nat Reeb, Hill Bound Gypsys, Flipside Groove and Sharwahl.

This year’s beneficiary, Homeless Hands of Zanesville, works to improve the lives of Zanesville’s homeless population by providing them with nearly anything they need, including food, blankets, clothing, transportation and medical care.

Since March 2017, Homeless Hands has helped get 27 people off the streets.

“Homeless Hands doesn’t just take them off the street,” said founder, Tammy Clark. “We offer tools for success on their own, with no government assistance,” Clark said.

Just this week, Clark said her organization was able to find housing for two people who had spent two and a half years living on a bench.

She’s so happy. You could see so much stress off of her. It was amazing,” said Clark.

With the cold weather hitting hard this past week, Clark said she was relieved to have found someone to accommodate their housing needs.

“It made me so happy because I thought they were about to freeze out there,” said Clark. “I mean, they’re 62 years-old, so they don’t need to be out there on that daggone bench.”

According to Clark, it is difficult for many of the homeless people in Zanesville to find housing, even if they can afford it, due to their past history.

“It’s hard,” said Clark. “ People have something on their record or if they have a previous eviction for any reason at all, that makes it really, really hard.”

Any money donated on Saturday will help Homeless Hands to continue their mission of finding homes for those in need, which includes plans to purchase a stepping stone house in the future.

The suggested donation price at the door is $15 or $10 and a toy donation, but no one will be turned away at the door if they can’t meet the asking price.

Any toys collected will go to the low-income families supported by Homeless Hands, some of whom were recently placed in housing by the non-profit.

Clark said for those who plan on donating toys, grade school children are most in need.

Lead guitarist of the Ol’ Dirty Strangers, Brandon Middleton, said the band originally started this event because they had previously played for many charity events and wanted to take it a step further.

“We play charity events year-round usually and we wanted to do our own because we enjoy doing that kind of work just helping other people out and utilizing our talents for the better of the people,” Middleton said.

Clark said she is excited to have her organization recognized at this capacity as the organization hasn’t had this magnitude of recognition since its founding in 2017.

“That’s a pretty big honor when they only have one organization to pick, and they picked us,” said Clark.

In previous years, the Ol’ Dirty Strangers Christmas Charity Jam has benefited the Lifewell Youth Program, Hope to the Rescue, and NAMI Six County.

The event is family friendly. Games and activities will be available for children.